The course is open to pupils who receive instrumental instruction in school or have private tuition. Otherwise pupils should have reached Level F in the solo (first) instrument and Level E in their group (second) instrument.
There are three elements in Standard Grade Music. These are Performing, Inventing and Listening.
This occurs in a variety of ways: an external live recital to a visiting examiner (4-6 minutes); an internally assessed recording of at least 2 performances and a folio of at least 2 inventions, which are moderated; and an external Listening exam paper lasting approximately 40-50 minutes depending on level.
Physical Education The Standard Grade Physical Education course allows pupils of a wide range of abilities to take part in a range of physical activities. It aims to help them to understand the principles involved and through practical experience to learn to apply these principles to a variety of activities. The course is very practical in nature, ie pupils are involved in playing games and participating in the other activities in the course. However, there is a sizeable theory element included involving discussion and classroom sessions. There are also written components which involve pupils in regular homework and written assignments.
The Jedburgh Grammar School course involves all pupils in gymnastics, swimming, basketball, athletics and badminton.
Grades will be given for Practical Performance, Knowledge & Understanding and Evaluating. Assessment is based on these three elements. Practical Performance is assessed by the teacher with assessment standards checked by the Exam Board. Knowledge & Understanding and Evaluation are assessed by a written examination set and marked by the Board and based on a video presentation. Question papers are offered at three levels: Foundation, General and Credit.
On the certificate, an overall award on a scale 7 to 1 is shown, 1 being the top of the scale. A profile of performance is also provided, showing the award for each element on the same scale. In arriving at the overall award, twice as much importance is given to Practical Performance as to either of the other two elements.
Knowledge & Understanding
In addition to the optional Standard Grade PE, there is also a compulsory Core PE for all S3 and S4 which lasts for four periods each week. In these periods, pupils have the chance to continue their participation in a variety of activities including an element of choice to every pupil.